Toronto, Ontario — A fleet of autonomous vehicles is getting new toys, California is finalizing its restrictions on the sale of gas-powered vehicles and a British company announces its intention to deploy autonomous vehicles in Canada within two years. It is the latest in electric and autonomous vehicles.
ghost in the machine
Autonomous vehicle developer Gatik has announced a partnership with parts manufacturer Cummins to upgrade one of Toronto’s first autonomous vehicle fleets.
Through this collaboration, Cummins will integrate its powertrain solutions into Gatik’s Isuzu FTR fleet, improving the reliability and safety of the autonomous system while improving vehicle performance – a welcome development for a fleet primarily designed to regularly haul pallets. of grocery items.
For connoisseurs, this is not a surprise. During a CEICA webinar on Thursday, Tara Andringa, director of Partners for Automated Vehicle Education (PAVE), said that the AV platform most likely to see widespread use is for cargo delivery vehicles – postal vans. , food trucks and food delivery systems, not passenger cars. .
In fact, the fleet has been operating since January 2021, following a partnership between Gatik and Loblaw. These vehicles transport goods from automated picking facilities to locations in the Greater Toronto Area.
Since then, Gatik has received nearly $1 million from the Ontario government for audiovisual development.
The California Air Resources Board announced on Wednesday that the sale of gas-powered cars will be banned by 2035.
Under federal clean air law, states can impose emission standards that are stricter than federal standards. Rather than a lone player, more than a dozen states have historically followed California’s vehicular standards, according to a Washington Post article.
Currently, the United States only prohibits the use and purchase of gasoline-powered vehicles by federal government fleets, with the ban taking effect in 2035. Similar proposals have been made by Canada, the European Union, China and other countries to end the sale of gasoline. motorized vehicles by 2035
Contrary to some headlines, this law won’t actually ban gas-powered cars in California. You can continue to drive your pure gas or diesel vehicle, but you simply cannot buy another one in California.
Return to sender
Oxbotica, a UK-based AV software company, plans to expand its presence in Toronto, with Oxbotica-equipped vehicles operating in Canada within 12 months, Oxbotica CEO Gavin Jackson said in a statement. an interview with Automotive News Canada.
Unlike companies offering AV vehicles such as drones and AI-assisted cars, Oxbotica has less ambitious, arguably more realistic goals.
The company plans to partner with Canadian grocery chain Sobeys to power the company’s fleet of autonomous home delivery vehicles by 2025. Similarly, the company plans to launch buses and shuttles autonomous vehicles by 2024, a more realistic timeline, given that fully autonomous vehicles have yet to be developed in the lab.
“Training autonomous vehicles to operate safely in extreme, low-probability situations, known in computing as edge cases, requires a big leap forward in autonomous capabilities,” Jackson said.